June 13, 2013 There were fewer people applying for unemployment insurance last week. And in May, consumers spent more — particularly on cars.
May 30, 2013 Gross domestic product expanded at a 2.4 percent annual rate in the first quarter, the government reports. At one point, economists thought growth was closer to 3 percent in the first three months of the year.
May 23, 2013 There was more of a decline than economists expected, but the weekly pace hasn't really changed much since late 2011.
May 9, 2013 The news could be another sign that the economy's picked up enough strength to convince employers that it's OK to hold on to workers.
March 21, 2013 Economists said this means progress in the job market, mostly through a reduction in layoffs.
March 7, 2013 As many eyes turn to Friday's employment report, new data offer a somewhat conflicting picture.
February 7, 2013 Germany was the world's most future-oriented country in 2012, followed by Switzerland and Japan, according to the "Future Orientation Index," which is based on Google searches. Scientists say the index is "strongly correlated" to economic health.
January 29, 2013 Though there have been other signs to indicate that the economy is on the upswing, many Americans aren't feeling all that good about how things are going.The private Conference Board reports that its widely watched consumer confidence index fell to 58.6 in January from 66.7 in December.
December 12, 2012 The central bank's policymakers also said they expect their policies aimed at stimulating growth will remain in effect until the jobless rate drops to 6.5 percent, from the current 7.7 percent.
October 26, 2012 The economy is growing and consumer confidence is rising. But the data are too mixed to point to a robust economy. And it may be too late anyway to change voters' impressions.
October 25, 2012 The number of first-time claims remains stuck in a range between 350,000 and 400,000, though. Meanwhile, a surge in aircraft orders boosted demand for products designed to last three or more years.
October 12, 2012 The rise could spell good news for the economy if it means the crucial holiday shopping season will bring strong sales for retailers. It also might be an indicator of how voters will be feeling when they go to the polls.
October 9, 2012 On many economic issues, there's a broad consensus among undecided voters.
September 6, 2012 The Standard & Poor's 500-stock index rose to levels it hasn't hit in more than four years today, bolstered by the European Central Bank's plan to buy bonds of struggling countries to help support the euro. Strong U.S. jobs data also contributed to the gains.